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Metric Unit Conversion

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Grade 5 Measurement - 5.MD.A.1

Tips for Metric Unit Conversion - There are three most common unit systems that are being used all around the world. These unit systems include International System of Units, known as SI units, United States Customary Units – UCS, and Imperial System of units. So, you want to learn metric unit conversions? Well, here are some tips that you can apply, regardless of which metric system you are using. When converting a small unit into a large unit, you always perform the division operation. When converting a large unit into a small unit, you always perform the multiplication operation. When converting units, make sure all units involved belong to the same metric system. Always write units when converting quantities as it ensures that you are moving in the right direction. Writing conversions as a fraction can really ease the process for you. These worksheets will help students learn how to convert values with metric units.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons




Homework Sheets

We practice U.S./Metric standard conversions for length, volume, and mass. We also touch on the idea of sliding the decimal point around.

  • Homework 1 - Manny Macho is a weight lifter that can easily lift 315 lbs. How many kgs can he easily lift?
  • Homework 2 - To convert to a larger unit, move the decimal to the left or divide.
  • Homework 3 - To convert to a smaller unit, move the decimal to the right or multiply.
  • Homework 4 - Using the chart that is provided above, we would just look for the unit that we are starting with and the unit we are want to end up with.
  • Homework 5 - Fill in the missing decimals.



Practice Worksheets

The sliding slanted unit scale really will help students visualize the problems.

  • Practice 1 - Use the chart and a calculator if needed, to convert each measurement. Show your work and if needed, round to the nearest hundredth.
  • Practice 2 - Use the ladder method to complete these conversions.
  • Practice 3 - We would then multiply by the value provided on the chart.
  • Practice 4 - For each problem we will need to identify which units are available from the chart provided.



Math Skill Quizzes

If you ever need to cover the whole gamut of topics available for this section, these are the quizzes for you.

  • Quiz 1 - Our teacher found a caterpillar on the way to school. We measured it at 12 cm long. How many in. long was it?
  • Quiz 2 - Use the ladder method to complete these conversions.
  • Quiz 3 - The vet weighed our new kitten. She was a chunky 3kg. How many lbs did she weigh?
  • Quiz 4 - Check out the unit moving charts.